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Making a Spectacle of Science

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Mon 17 March 2014, Written by: Chris

With over 55,000 school visitors each year, every week is popular with school groups arriving on school trips.  But there's one special week in the year when At-Bristol welcomes more groups than usual.

National Science & Engineering Week starts this week and sees 3,700 primary and secondary students from Bristol, the wider South West and even France and Germany come to experience At-Bristol's hands-on activities. 

National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten-day national programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages. As a leading science centre, we're playing our part by running a packed programme of 48 classroom workshops and science theatre shows, 25 Planetarium star shows and non-stop activities on Live Lab for the visiting school groups. All this alongside the hundreds of interactive exhibits!  It's shaping up to be a fantastic celebration of the role science plays in our lives. 

We've not stopped there, though. After all, NSEW comes only once a year and we want to make 2014 the biggest yet. A new creation, The Spectacular Science Show is being specially written for school groups visiting in science week to examine the work of scientists, understand how we know what we know about the world around us, and  to look at how discoveries and developments in technology can help us learn more and more about the world.

For months now, Becky and John from the Learning team have been secretly developing this science show on a scale never before attempted in At-Bristol! So big in fact, that we're taking over the top floor of At-Bristol (normally off-limits to the public)!   We've caught glimpses of banana trees, light sabers and laser beams recently, suggesting John and Becky are creating a show that really explores the weird and wonderful discoveries of science. One thing we can guarantee is that the high-energy half-hour will be packed full of lively fun demonstrations and lots of audience participation for the 7-14 year olds in the 900-strong audience each day.

At-Bristol's values as a charity include working to promote creativity and offer fun, inspiring and memorable experiences. It's the reason we're such a popular school trip destination. I know this show will be something all the children in the audience remember for a long time and, importantly, it will help showcase science as a dynamic, exciting and diverse career choice for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to experience the spectacle for yourself, if you're not lucky enough to be one of the thousands of school children booked into this sell-out show.

 

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How to Photograph the Orion Nebula: a Beginner's Guide to Astrophotogrophy

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Fri 14 March 2014,

Learn how to take amazing photos of the night sky, constellations, and deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula in this beginner's guide to astrophotography, with Lee and Ross of the Live Science Team:

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What's Inside a Brain?

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Fri 7 March 2014,

What's inside a brain?  Here's Nerys from the Live Science Team to take a closer look:

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Do Try This at Home: How to Make a Meteorite Crater

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Fri 28 February 2014,

What exactly is a meteorite?  Here's Heather from the Live Science Team to explain - and show you how you can make your own craters at home!

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Meet the Live Science Team: Raj

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Sat 22 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Raj Bista:

Raj – Live Science Team Leader

Raj first worked with At-Bristol in 2008 as part of the Bright Sparks Project, which was dedicated to raising science achievement amongst BME students in Bristol.  Upon completing the project, Raj was inspired and decided he wanted to join At-Bristol - he is passionate about making science accessible to everyone in the Bristol community and beyond.  Raj has a BSc in Biochemistry and a PGCE in secondary science, and has taught science in various other settings including secondary schools, a Young Offenders Institute and inner city supplementary schools. Raj also has been training in martial arts since a teenager and still competes both locally and nationally.

Favourite moments: "Watching the eyes of visitors light up when they see their own DNA in a test tube!"
Favourite exhibit: Watch Water Freeze

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What's Inside an Eyeball?

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Fri 21 February 2014,

Ever wondered just how your eyes work?  Join Ross from the Live Science Team as he takes a closer look inside an eyeball:

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Meet the Live Science Team: Nerys

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Fri 21 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Nerys Shah:

Nerys – Live Science Team Deputy Leader

Nerys has been part of the team since 2010. She has a degree in Maths & Physics from the University of Bath and has been fascinated by science since childhood. She loves learning new things. Nerys has previously worked as a BBC researcher, a Manhattan-based PA, and a theoretical physicist, but the LST is her favourite job so far. Nerys loves talking about science, and helping people to explore science for themselves and have fun with it.

Favourite moments: “Seeing disgust turn to fascination during a heart dissection.”
Favourite exhibit: Black Sand

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Meet the Live Science Team: Kerina

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Thu 20 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Kerina Evans:

Kerina – Live Science Team

Kerina joined the team in October 2013, and loves it! She’s especially enjoyed learning more about the amazing universe and has a new found love of stargazing. She completed a degree in Maths and Music after not being able to choose between the two, and still loves the variety of doing both. Outside of At-Bristol, Kerina teaches music to children, including running music classes for toddlers and making children’s music videos, there’s even one about going to the Moon!

Favourite moments: “Seeing the bounciness and excited smiles of toddlers after a Little Stars show!”
Favourite exhibit: Is This Maths?

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Meet the Live Science Team: Joel

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Wed 19 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Joel Sanderson:

Joel – Live Science Team

Joel completed a degree in Ecology to better understand the natural world and developed a keen interest in evolution, sustainability, and human ecology along the way. He has also completed courses in primitive living skills to try to get closer to our species’ ancestral way of life. During his time in At-Bristol he has developed his interest in space, which he was composing music about before starting work here. Music is Joel’s main focus outside of work and he particularly enjoys explaining the science fiction elements of future space travel, robotics, and the possible fate of the human race.

Favourite moments: "Building up expectations for a big bang during the Bubble Blast show… only for the demonstration to result in a very small pop!"
Favourite exhibit: Ancient Ancestors

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Sir Mark Walport: The Planet in Our Hands - Responding to Climate Change

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Wed 19 February 2014, Written by: Heather

 

On 4 February 2014 we welcomed Sir Mark Walport, the new Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, for a public lecture addressing the most pressing issue we face as a global society: our climate.  In this talk he explores what the science tells us, and asks what should we, as a developed nation, do in response?

 

The evening was chaired by Professor Alice Roberts.

If you couldn't make it - or if you just want a recap! - here's the evening in full:

With many thanks to Seamus Foley, Big Screen Producer, Ross Exton, Live Science Video Producer, and James Adams, At-Bristol volunteer.

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